Since DC kicked off Rebirth in 2016, one of its constants has been Ben Percy writing Green Arrow. Arguably the best creative run on the character in a decade or more, Green Arrow has been a consistent highlight of DC’s output for the last two years. But DC continues to shake up its creative teams this summer, and that goes for Green Arrow, too.
In this case, they’re bringing in Julie and Shawna Benson (you may recognize their names from The 100, a show we love, as well as Batgirl and the Birds of Prey) as co-writers on the title, and they’ll first jump into Oliver Queen’s world with Green Arrow Annual #2 in May. Then they’ll take over as regular writers with Green Arrow #43 later that summer. Sadly, this means Batgirl and the Birds of Prey will come to an end in May, but something tells me there are more plans for Batgirl, Huntress, and Black Canary. For starters, we’ll be seeing more of Canary in the pages of Green Arrow.
“As we mourn the loss of our beloved Birds, hope in the form of an arrow has struck us through the heart with the opportunity to take on Oliver Queen,” said Julie Benson and Shawna Benson in a statement. “Ollie’s made a few appearances alongside the Birds since we began writing at DC with Rebirth, and we can’t wait to continue making our mark on the 77-year old marksman this summer. And we won’t be leaving our ladies behind! Black Canary, aka Ollie’s ‘Pretty Bird,’ will continue to star in Green Arrow.”
“We’re both humbled and flabbergasted,” continued the pair, “to follow in the footsteps of comic greats like Mort Weisinger, Denny O’Neil, Mike Grell, Kevin Smith, Brad Meltzer, Jeff Lemire, Ann Nocenti, and of course, Ben Percy. We’re honored to be included in their ranks and proud of DC for seeing our strength and for moving us over to Green Arrow. Joining us in August is the amazingly talented Javier Fernández on interiors and the masterful Alex Maleev on cover art.”
Here’s the official synopsis for Green Arrow Annual #2.
Entitled rich-boy Oliver Queen grew up a member of elite society. But after a drunken escapade left him stranded on a deserted island, Oliver learned to survive and become more than a man—he became a hunter. He became a survivor. But when Green Arrow comes face-to-face with a challenge he never saw coming, his entire worldview—his reason for being a hero—comes into question. Because that challenge has a name: Amanda Waller!
Check out the gallery of preview art, which looks great…and strangely seems to include an appearance from Brainiac’s skull ship, so that’s quite a surprise.
Green Arrow Annual #2 arrives on May 30 with art by Carmen Carnero and a cover by David Lopez. Green Arrow #43 by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson and Javier Fernández arrives in August.